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How to Find the Right Apple Laptop

March 2nd, 2011

apple-laptop.jpgApple’s line of laptop computers includes three separate models, and deciding which one is best for you can be a challenging process, especially if you have never bought a Mac before.

In order to pick the right Apple laptop for yourself, you must first understand the basic differences between the three models. The MacBook is the base version of the laptop line and is considered Apple’s consumer model, designed with the average person in mind. The MacBook Pro is the most powerful laptop manufactured by Apple and features more memory and processing capabilities than the basic MacBook. Finally, the MacBook Air is intended to be an ultra-portable computer, and it lacks some of the features in the MacBook and MacBook Pro in exchange for its slim size.

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Why Older Hardware Devices Need Driver Update Checks

February 11th, 2011

device-driver-updates.jpgYou update your computer, right? Of course, operating systems regularly remind you to update when software becomes available. Users assume operating system updates include updates for other software on their computer — an assumption only occasionally true for preloaded, large software packages. In other words, where there is a distribution deal between the operating system publisher and the software publisher, updates also share distribution. Hardware, the physical aspects of the computer, are a different story.

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Data Encryption for the Home User

January 19th, 2011

data-encryption-computer.jpgIt has always been essential to keep personal items such as documents, credit cards, bank cards, and other sensitive information away from unauthorized users or potential identity thieves. Keeping these items on your person, in a wallet or purse, or locking them in your home or car are common ways to accomplish this. However, if that sensitive information is stored on a computer, simply locking it in your home or car may not be enough.

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Ways to Clear Your Browser Cache

January 18th, 2011

clear-browser-cache.jpgThe cache of any Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, is an area on your disk that the respective browser uses to store (cache) items that comprise a web page, such as text and graphics. The browser can and does refer to this cache when you re-visit a page, or simply click the back button of the browser to return to a previous page. The one issue with the cache, however, is that it is a finite amount of space, and once it fills up, older data needs to be removed. Also there are some known issues where browsers can fail to function as intended when that cache gets full, so it is a good idea to manually empty it from time to time. This is accomplished in different ways depending on the browser in question. Below are ways to clear the cache on some of the more popular browsers currently in use.

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Laptop Screen Size and Resolution

December 27th, 2010

laptop-screen-measurement.jpgLaptop computers are a popular choice for many people as either a primary or secondary computer for the home. Size, portability, and convenience are all reasons for people choosing to buy a laptop instead of a desktop computer. Large capacity hard drives, multi-core processors, and even dedicated video cards are available in laptops today, making them suitable as a desktop replacement for all except the most demanding tasks. While it is easy to compare processors, memory, and hard drives between laptops, screen resolution is not always clearly stated.

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Where to Buy a Laptop Battery

November 9th, 2010

laptop-batteries.jpgSometimes in life you need a new battery for your laptop and it can be a real pain and struggle to figure out the best place from which to buy one. You might need to buy a laptop battery for many reasons – perhaps yours just isn’t lasting as long as you had hoped or perhaps it has become damaged. One thing is for certain, however; having a spare one lying around is always a really good idea!

When you finally decide that the time is right to invest in a new battery, one of the best places that you can look for a new one is online. By doing this you can rest assured that you are going to find exactly what you are looking for. Simply by going to your favorite search engine and typing in the make and model of your laptop followed by the word ‘battery’, often you will be matched with what seems like a thousand or more results pointing you to batteries that are compatible for your needs and requirements. By using good quality search engines along with a little bit of your own judgment, you will find that it is very simple to buy a new laptop battery after comparing the prices to ensure that you are getting the right deal for your budget.

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How to Wipe Data: Keep the Confidentiality in OS X

October 15th, 2010

mac-osx-formatting.jpgThere are two sometimes overlooked ways to maintain the confidentiality of deleted files when you are using Apple’s OS X.

Secure Empty Trash

Normal Empty Trash does not wipe the files from the drive. It simply frees up the space to be used by something else when needed. The data is often easily recovered using data recovery software. To add another level of security, use Secure Empty Trash for doing away with sensitive documents and other files. This extra step could stop a nosy co-worker (or worse) from accessing your data.

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Accessing Ubuntu Linux Remotely

October 4th, 2010

ubuntu-linux.jpgUbuntu Linux is a free and open source operating system that is quickly gaining converts. It’s probably the easiest to use of all the Linux flavors, boasts a slick interface, and best of all it’s absolutely free. The developers have pre-installed most of the major software packages that you might need while running Linux, and if you find something missing it’s relatively simple to install it yourself. A built in VNC (Virtual Network Computing) server even makes it a snap for accessing Ubuntu remotely. Configuration is all done through dialog boxes and you’ll soon be able to access your Ubuntu Linux computer from anywhere in the world.

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Angry Birds: Number One iPhone Paid Game App

October 3rd, 2010

angry-birds-iphone-game.jpgAngry Birds, an iPhone Game App, made its debut on December 10, 2009. Developed by Rovio and sold by Clickgamer Technologies, this single player puzzle game has sold over 6.5 million copies. It is the number one iPhone paid game app in the United States as well as many other countries.

The plot of the game involves evil green pigs who have stolen eggs from the birds. The Angry Birds get revenge by using a slingshot to shoot themselves at the pigs’ fortified castles. The player needs to control the slingshot, trying to destroy the castles and the little pigs. To destroy the castles, players need to aim the slingshot at the right angle and with the correct intensity in order to break through the weak spots in the castles. They receive points for destroying bits of the castle, with an additional 10,000 bonus points given for each unused bird.

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DVD Authoring Basics

September 29th, 2010

dvd-authoring.jpgConverting any form of media into DVD format that can be played in a DVD player is called DVD authoring. Software designed specifically for DVD authoring comes with encoders to give the user control over sound quality and video compression, and will typically be geared towards creating video rather than audio DVDs. A standard model DVD recorder also has basic DVD authoring capabilities, but with fixed layout and control menus to simplify the process for users who simply want to record television programs for later viewing.

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Chit Chat 1.4 for Facebook

September 25th, 2010

chit-chat-facebook.jpgChit Chat 1.4 is a utility designed to improve on the Facebook chat environment. Chit Chat for Facebook was started in August 2009 and appears to be gaining in popularity with approximately 10,000 new downloads each day. It is an instant messenger application for Facebook that works independently from a web browser. If you are familiar with the Facebook chat or have used any of the popular instant messenger platforms available, you will love this one for keeping tabs on your Facebook friends.

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